There’s nothing like a good song on the radio to get a person moving. For Connie Lyscio’s fourth grade phy-ed class and the students and staff at Baxter Elementary on Thursday morning, that song was Carly Rae Jepson’s “Call Me Maybe.”
Lyscio invited the school of Baxter, as well as all schools in the Brainerd district, to join in on J.A.M., the first national movement to get everyone moving.
For Just A Minute (J.A.M), at 10 a.m., people of all ages across the country were encouraged to get up and move to a routine. The National Association for Sport and Physical Education recommends elementary school students have 150 minutes of movement and phy-ed a week and 225 minutes for middle school and high school students.
At the signal of “Call Me Maybe,” which echoed through loudspeakers at Baxter Elementary promptly at 10 a.m. and was even played on WJJY in conjunction with J.A.M., Lyscio’s bunch began their well-practiced routine:
• Begin standing, making a heart with your fingers in front of your chest.
• March in place for a count of eight.
• Eight jumping jacks.
• Punch the air with your hand, crossing over the midline of your body for eight counts.
• Eight skier jumps from side to side.
• Eight “winners” fist pumps from side to side.
• Four pivot steps with a “John Travolta point” — disco arm — rotating right.
• Four pivot steps with a “John Travolta point” — disco arm — rotating left.
Lyscio said that routines weren’t necessary and varied across the school and the nation. She added that moving, if even for just a minute like this will help prevent childhood obesity and Type II diabetes that is commonly associated with obesity.
But between the importance of proper physical education, was the emphasis on making it fun.
“The whole idea of this was to just get kids and people up and moving for at least one minute,” said Lyscio, who has been teaching for the past 25 years. “We chose a routine like this and to that song (“Call Me Maybe”) because the kids know it; look at the smiles on their faces, they are having fun while moving.”
And for the kids it was all about having fun.
“It’s good to do this (J.A.M.) to be active and healthy and not stay unhealthy,” said fourth-grader Hayden Kruse. “And you want to make sure you’re moving to do that, so it’s a lot of fun.”